Cruise / Fly to Great Adventures

Starting from: $AU504.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Cruise to Great Adventures pontoon & Fly back to Cairns
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families
  • Number of passengers: 400
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Norman Reef
  • Tour duration: 10:30am – 3:45pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 2hrs by boat / 30min by helicopter
  • Time exploring the reef: 2hrs & 45min
  • Vessel type and size: Catamaran / 30m with 3 levels
  • Afternoon tea & Buffett Lunch included


Cruise / Fly to Great Adventures Platform

The day starts with passengers boarding Great Adventures luxury air-conditioned catamaran at 10:30am and cruising to a floating platform located in the the middle of Norman Reef. The afternoon is filled with many different activities available from the platform and at the end of the day travellers depart the reef in style, by helicopter.

Enjoy a spectacular flight over the Great Barrier Reef including different reef locations, sandy cays and islands before landing into Cairns. From the air the colours of the reef are brighter and richer and passengers also might be able to see some beautiful marine animals such as sea turtles, stingerays, whales etc. The helicopter lands on the Esplanade, in the heart of Cairns, where guests also get to see Cairns CBD from the top. Have the camera ready for amazing photos .

Great Adventures spacious floating platform is suitable for all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers as the pontoon offers activities for people who want to get in the water and also for those one who prefer to stay dry.

The pontoon features undercover seating, tables to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, full bar facilities, sundeck, a swimming enclosure for children, change rooms with freshwater showers and scuba diving facilities with a semi-submerged platform. The main activities included are unlimited snorkelling, underwater observatory, semi-submersible coral viewing and reef education presentation.

Extra activities include:

  • Introductory diving (for clients who have never dived before)
  • Certified diving (up to 2 dives)
  • Guided snorkel tours (maximize your snorkel experience with a guide by your side)
  • 'Scuba-Doo' underwater scooter (cruise the reef in an underwater scooter)

Also for the ultimate reef experience Great Adventures offers an optional "Reef and Island Helicopter Experience" where travellers combine a spectacular scenic flight over the reef with a day on Green Island and Great Adventures platform in the outer reef.

» Please click here for further information on Helicopter Tours with Great Adventures Platform & Green Island.

What's included in the main price

  • Coach pick up and drop off from Cairns & Northern Beaches accommodation
  • Cruise by catamaran to the luxury multi level pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Spectacular helicopter scenic flight from the outer reef to Cairns
  • All snorkelling equipment including personal flotation devices
  • Marine Biology presentation
  • Semi-submersible tours with interactive commentary
  • Glass bottom boat tours with interactive commentary
  • Fish feeding and identification session with a Marine Biologist
  • Underwater observatory
  • Use of sundeck, fresh water showers and changing rooms
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Full hot and cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options
  • Tea, coffee and drinking water available throughout the day
  • German & French speaking crew are available to assist international visitors
  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Scuba-doo scooter
  • Guided snorkel tours

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
9:00-09:30 Pick up from accommodation
09:30 Check in at the Great Adventures desk inside the Reef Terminal
10:30 Boat departs Cairns Marina
Travel time is 2 hours directly from Cairns to Great Adventures pontoon
12:30 Boat arrives at the outer reef
Enjoy around 2 hours & 45 minutes exploring the outer reef
15:15 Helicopter departs the pontoon
15:45 Helicopter arrives back in Cairns
15:50 Coach transfer back to accommodation
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses, sun screen
  • Camera
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases including optional activities
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended to take 30 minutes prior to the boat departure
  • Dive card and log book for certified divers

Please Note:
All Divers: In accordance with the Australian diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving.
Introductory Divers - NOTE: Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving (e.g. Asthma, Heart Disease), please contact our office. Min. age to dive is 12 years.
Flying after Diving: If only one dive is undertaken then a minimum of 12 hours is recommended before flying. If more than one dive is conducted in the day, an interval of 24 hours is recommended. This is not applicable for low helicopter flights over the reef.
Helicopter Passengers: Weight Check: Please note that client’s body weight must be advised prior to the reservation being confirmed as per Australia's Aviation Policy. Should a client advise a weight variance of more than 10%, the right is reserved to charge a 100% cancellation fee.
Insurance: The helicopter operator carries full insurance including Public Liability Insurance of $50,000,000.00.
Scooba-doo Scooter: Min age is 12 years old.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2020 - 2021 Rates Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021 Action
Cruise / Fly $504.00 per adult
$504.00 per child
Additional Extras Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021
Introductory Diving $172.00 per adult / $172.00 per child
Certified Diving $122.00 per adult / $122.00 per child
Guided Snorkel Tour $66.00 per adult / $34.00 per child
Scuba-Doo $170.00 per adult / $170.00 per child

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Reef Tax: $6.50 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.

Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.

Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.

Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.

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